The Comunidad Corazón program is not a handout to the poor; rather it is a proven method of assistance that allows the participants to help themselves. In the process, they help their neighbors and their community to grow and prosper. The program is about families and the environment they exist in. Corazón helps the poor by letting them earn their way out of poverty and into a brighter future.
The first step is a family’s desire to improve their way of life. By performing community service on neighborhood projects, the Comunidad members can earn hours that they can exchange to fulfill many of their basic needs, such as food, clothing, tools, and building materials. More importantly, they become eligible for scholarships for their children and job training for themselves. In the process, they get to know their neighbors as they work side by side to better the community they seek to raise their children in. The result is a stronger family living in a better community with hope for a brighter future.
Comunidad Corazón touches on each level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs—Physiological, safety, love, self-esteem and self-sufficiency.
The first level of Maslow’s hierarchy deals with physiological needs. These include the most basic necessities that we need to survive, such as food, water, and shelter. Corazón construction program is one of the programs that are specifically tailored to address this need. In fact, one of the organization’s first mottos was “First, we get them out of the mud.”